Pablo Picasso
Head of a Woman (Fernande) 1909

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Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Head of a Woman (Fernande)
Tête de femme (Fernande)
Date 1909
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 405 x 230 x 260 mm
Lent from a private collection 1994
On long term loan

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‘My greatest artistic emotions were aroused when the sublime beauty of the sculptures created by anonymous artists in Africa was suddenly revealed to me’ Picasso told the poet Apollinaire. This sculpture is of his companion Fernande Olivier. Its flat, planed surface relates the work to his cubist paintings of the same period. Picasso made two plaster casts of the head, from which at least sixteen bronze examples were cast.

May 2012

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